The Indiana Medical Licensing Board is taking serious charges against Ulrich Klopfer, 73, which could cost him his license. He owns abortion clinics in Gary, South Bend and Fort Wayne.
His lawyer, Mary Watts, asked the board to dismiss the charges on Thursday. The board voted 4-0 to deny her motion,
In recent years, people opposed to abortion have pushed to make sure clinics meet or beat the medical minimums. One of the arguments for legalizing abortion was this would end back-alley abortions.
The Indiana Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint last September charging Klopfer with 1,818 counts of submitting incomplete and incorrect abortion reports, two counts of not filing reports for 13-year-old patients within three days of procedures and 13 counts of failing to ensure counselors obtained proper consent.
The reports include information such as the woman’s age, education level, county of residence, gestational age of the fetus and the age and name of the father. The state requires they be filed within six months of an abortion, but for those provided to girls under the age of 14 — the age of consent in Indiana — they must be filed within three days.
Watts said Klopfer did not “knowingly” violate state abortion statutes, but Deputy Attorney General Kelsie Duggan argued Klopfer was responsible for knowing the state statutes that govern his field.
“Due to our belief he has violated professional standards for a licensed medical professional, the board should have the opportunity to review the evidence,” Duggan said.Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said, “In a better world, it would have been great to see a suspension of Klopfer’s license pending revocation proceedings, but for now, we are pleased that the disciplinary case against him will proceed.”